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Past Prize Winners

2020: Luke Gilbert, Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, was recognized for applying CRISPR gene editing tools to systematically map gene networks and interactions that drive cancer progression and response to treatment. The two honorable mentions were Sam Behjati, Group Leader in Cellular Genetics at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, and Livia Eberlin, an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin.

2019: Cigall Kadoch, Assistant Professor at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, was recognized for her work on chromatin remodeling in cancer. The two honorable mentions were Samuel Bakhoum, an Assistant Professor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Daniel DeCarvalho, an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and Senior Scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

2018: Neville Sanjana, Core Faculty Member at the New York Genome Center and Assistant Professor at New York University, was recognized for his work on functional genomics of cancer, and Ömer Yilmaz, Member of the Koch Institute for Integrated Cancer Research and Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was recognized for his work on the role of the diet in the development of gastrointestinal cancers. 

2017: Hani Goodarzi, an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, was recognized for his work on intracellular regulation of cancer metastasis. The three honorable mentions were Heather Christofk from the University of California, Los Angeles, Elizabeth Murchison from the University of Cambridge, and Florian Muller from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

2016: Roel Verhaak, an Associate Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, was recognized for his work on genomic classification of brain tumors. The two honorable mentions were Nicola Aceto from the University of Basel and Eliezer Van Allen from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

2015: Nicholas Navin, an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, was recognized for his work on single-cell gene sequencing. The two honorable mentions were Agnel Sfeir from New York University School of Medicine and Nitzan Rosenfeld from Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and University of Cambridge.

2014: Jeffrey Tyner, an Assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Science University, was recognized for his work on the genetics of leukemia, and Li Ma, an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, was recognized for her work on the molecular determinants of breast cancer progression. 

2013: Scott Tomlins, an Assistant Professor in the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology at the University of Michigan Medical School, was recognized for his studies of prostate cancer genetics. The three honorable mentions were Gregory Beatty from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Michele De Palma from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and Franziska Michor from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.